April 26, 2013
2K Games and 2K Marin Unveil The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Today, 2K Games and 2k Marin finally unveiled the much delayed XCOM, but it is not the XCOM they once showed. There is a new title, new point of view, but the same 1960’s styling that was captivating about what they showed back in 2010. The game has been renamed The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and will be out August 20th, 2013. The game will tell the beginnings of the XCOM organization and government conspiracy. The game has been in development since 2006 and has gone from a FPS to a third person shooter with first player elements to what is now strictly a third person tactical shooter. XCOM is a PC franchised with a herald background in the tactical strategy genre. We saw last year’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown by Firaxis Games bring an XCOM game to a new generation, which did not compromise what the series was known for. The Bureau seems to take what 2K Marin have learned from the success of Enemy Unknown and apply it in their own setting and story, to keep what made XCOM, XCOM. We saw a similar transition with EA and Starbreeze’s take on Syndicate. Syndicate was a strategy title that was turned into an FPS, with mixed results and slow sales. The live action trailer for the new title is below. The alien design has stayed the same despite the revamp, and I love it. Enemy Unknown had the traditional grey aliens, mutant people, and cybernetic terrors, while The Bureau goes for more of an X-Files vibe. I am very excited they are keeping the 1960’s motif, even if it is set in America, it’s a time period that is rarely seen. Being so close to E3, expect more news on The Bureau: XCOM Declassified in the coming weeks.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified